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Written by Howard Korder
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Aired October 12, 2014
After four seasons of deliberately paced, character-based storytelling, Boardwalk Empire wasn’t going to change its approach in its final truncated season. Instead of introducing new intrigues or foes, the series used much of its time to reflect on the paths that brought Nucky and the other main characters to this point and to say an extended goodbye to the people and world of the show. With Nucky facing off against well known historical figures, an air of doom pervades much of the final episodes before they reach their poetic, but inevitable conclusion. More intriguing is the antepenultimate episode, “Devil You Know”, which says goodbye to two of the series’ most colorful characters and powerful actors, Michael Shannon’s George Mueller/Nelson Van Alden and Michael K. Williams’ Chalky White. Shannon’s intense and frequently »
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Question: Now that Bones has decided to incorporate Emily Deschanel’s pregnancy into the show, will we get to see Brennan in the early stages of her pregnancy this time? Or will there be another time jump? —Tiera
Ausiello: Sounds like you’ll get a ringside seat to that elusive first trimester, since exec producer Stephen Nathan tells me that Brennan and Booth will, a least initially, attempt to keep the pregnancy a secret from their co-workers.
With the series winding down to an abbreviated final season, things are getting wistful on the set of Parks and Recreation. On the show's final day of filming, executive producer Mike Schur and several cast members have been tweeting sentimental photos from the set. It's the way Leslie Knope would want you to remember Pawnee: without all the racist murals. »
- Nate Jones
Today's the last day on set for the cast and crew of Parks and Recreation, and if you've been following any of them on social media, it may be hard to keep it together. Co-creator Michael Schur's Twitter feed in particular has been a dose of misty-eyed melancholy, as the producer has been sharing a number of photos snapped on set today. »
- Joshua Rivera
NBC's semi-successful summer lineup has now become a core part of its winter/spring schedule, with "The Night Shift" and "Undateable" joining a crowded mid-season roster that will include "Allegiance," "The Slap," "A.D.," the return of "The Blacklist," and more. Earlier this month, NBC announced the first part of its mid-season plan with the compressed final season of "Parks and Recreation,"(*) which will be concluding before half of NBC's other mid-season shows even get to premiere. This is the same "drama-heavy mid-season schedule" that was the reason NBC opted to sell Tina Fey's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" to Netflix, rather than try to squeeze it in here. Not counting "Parks" (which, again, NBC considers old business being dealt with as quickly as possible), the network will bring eight shows off the bench in February, March and April, and all but two ("Undateable" and the new "One Big Happy") are dramatic. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Once again, Screen Actors Guild voters have proved their loyalty to actors they’ve nominated time and again. Witness repeat nominations for SAG favorites including Steve Buscemi and “Boardwalk Empire,” Claire Danes and “Homeland,” “Nurse Jackie’s” Edie Falco and “Modern Family,” which garnered an ensemble nom and bids for Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen.
At least SAG voters acknowledged Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” (pictured), after ignoring it last time around. SAG also heaped love on Netflix’s other big show, “House of Cards,” giving it first-time noms in the drama field and in the best actress category for Robin Wright, as well as a nom for star Kevin Spacey for the second year running. Indeed, Netflix is already the big winner today.
- Debra Birnbaum
Aziz Ansari, Variety’s comedy impact honoree of the year, fits the bill perfectly in both timeliness and social import, says Mike Schur, co-creator of “Parks and Recreation.” “There aren’t very many funny people like Aziz Ansari in the world,” Schur says. “His breadth and width of ideas — he’s one of the funniest people in the world today.”
Schur repeats a comment made by a fellow “Parks and Recreation” writer, Alan Yang, dubbing what Ansari does as comedy investigative journalism. “He has a killer instinct not just for comedy, but things he’s interested in.”
Ansari, who will receive his honor at the Power of Comedy event on Dec. 11, says he just likes to learn about the things he talks about. “I’m a curious person,” says the South Carolina native.
When he writes his standup routine, Ansari says, “I’ll sit and think about bullet points about jokes I want to work. »
- Shalini Dore
The 44-year-old actor declares his undying love for whiskey in a new music video courtesy of Elite Daily. This video has it all: an acoustic performance, horseback riding, sheep-herding, woodworking and a rowboat.
Fans of Parks and Recreation know Offerman as breakfast-loving, woodworking, anti-government employee Ron Swanson, who moonlights as popular-with-the-middle-aged-housewives saxophone player Duke Silver. In this new video, Offerman shows off his musical talents and love of woodwork.
Offerman has been busy promoting the final season of Parks and Recreation, which kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 13, with back-to-back episodes on NBC. Just last month, he appeared in a sketch on Conan shilling hand-carved wooden emojis. You know, for a heavier and more rustic form of communication.
What do you think of Offerman's whiskey love song »
The seventh and final season of NBC’s brilliant workplace comedy, Parks And Recreation, will debut at the beginning of next year for what network heads are calling “the first TV event of the new year.” The sitcom, about a small-town America bureaucrat with a heart of gold, will debut its premiere on January 13th at 8pm – followed immediately by another brand new half-hour episode.
In an attempt to ensure the much-loved show goes out with a bang, NBC are taking things up a notch by rolling out Two new episodes every week. This weekly double dose means that of course, the show will conclude sooner rather than later. But that’s all keeping in line with NBC’s start-of-year plan, according to their Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt:
- Gem Seddon
Parks and Recreation fans, after months of waiting, we now know when we’ll begin to say goodbye to Leslie, Ron, Ben, and the rest of the Parks and Rec gang. NBC announced today that the final season of Parks and Recreation will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m. The show will then continue to air new episodes back-to-back every Tuesday at 8 p.m. until its hour-long series finale on Feb. 24, which will air right after The Voice. “Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we’re inordinately proud of Parks and Recreation,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. “In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to ‘eventize’ the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show to… »
- Chris King
Get your tissues ready: Parks and Recreation's final season begins Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The beloved comedy will air back-to-back episodes until the hour-long series finale on Tuesday, Feb. 24 after The Voice. Somebody please send us waffles Asap. "Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast, and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we're inordinately proud of Parks and Recreation," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. "In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to 'eventize' the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show »
NBC is making an event out of the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation. The Amy Poehler comedy will return to the network's schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 13, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m., replacing The Voice. The comedy from executive producers Mike Schur and Greg Daniels will air back-to-back episodes for seven weeks leading to its hourlong series finale on Feb. 24 following The Voice. See more Saying Goodbye: TV Shows Signing Off in 2014-15 "Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast and crew, have given us
- Lesley Goldberg
“Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we’re inordinately proud of Parks and Recreation,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. »
The seventh and final season of "Parks and Recreation" finally has an official premiere date -- and a date for its series finale, too.
Season seven of the beloved NBC comedy will kick off on January 13, two days after "Parks" star Amy Poehler hosts the Golden Globes on the network alongside Bff Tina Fey. The show will air back-to-back episodes on Tuesday nights -- at 8:00 and 8:30 -- for the remainder of its run, with a one-hour series finale planned for February 24.
"Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we're inordinately proud of Parks and Recreation," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. "In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to 'eventize' the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which »
- Katie Roberts
The vice president turned 72 on Thursday, and while Leslie is likely showering him with gifts – Et got the backstory behind our favorite running TV gag.
"It was a very casual joke pitched in the writers room one day a long time ago," said Schur. "It just sort of took hold, and once you give a writers room a bone like that, they are just going to chew it forever."
After five seasons of persistent Biden references, the VP finally made a cameo on the series.
The lovebirds appeared together on the series premiere of Late Night With Seth Meyers in February »
After just finding out that we will definitely see Jon Hamm’s Ed again in the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation, it has now been confirmed that two other characters, who have had slightly longer tenures on the show than Ed, will also be showing up in Pawnee during Season 7. As first reported by TVLine, Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will reprise their roles as Chris and Ann during the NBC sitcom’s swan song. Right now, the actors are only scheduled to appear in one episode. “We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time,” Parks and Recreation showrunner Mike Schur said in an interview with TVLine earlier this week, when he was asked about whether or not Lowe and Jones would be back. “We didn’t get everybody we wanted, because some people had other obligations. But a lot of the people… »
- Chris King
Parks and Recreation is bringing a Mad Man back to Pawnee for its final season. E! News has confirmed Jon Hamm is set to return to the NBC comedy for one episode during its seventh and final season debuting in 2015. Plus, Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe are coming back! Mad Men star Hamm first appeared in the Parks and Recreation season six finale when the story shifted three years into the future and placed Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) in a new position. Hamm played Ed, a hapless employee Leslie fired. Yes, somebody even worse than Jerry Terry (Jim O'Heir). Parks and Rec boss Michael Schur has been vocal about his desire to get the Emmy nominee back for the final season. In April, he told E! News he was hopeful »
This will litrilly be music to Parks and Recreation fans’ ears: Chris and Ann are headed back to Pawnee.
Earlier this month, Ep Mike Schur strongly intimated that Lowe and Jones were among the Parks and Rec vets on his final-season wish-list, telling TVLine, “We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted, because some people had other obligations. But a lot of »
Last time we saw Leslie Knope, before she meet up with her husband Ben Wyatt, she was firing an employee named Ed, who was played in a surprise cameo role by Mad Men star Jon Hamm. Well, lucky for Ed (and for us), it has been confirmed that Hamm will be returning for at least one episode in Parks and Recreation Season 7, meaning that Leslie will somehow find herself dealing with an employee that is less competent than than Larry (Jim O’Heir) for at least a little bit longer. “If I have my way, every episode where you see events that take place before that moment will include a shot of him doing something insanely incompetent,” showrunner Mike Schur said after the show’s Season 6 finale, when he was asked about whether or not Hamm would appear again in Parks and Recreation Season 7. Hamm joins returning guest stars Megan Mullally »
- Chris King
"Parks and Recreation" is packing in the guest stars for its upcoming seventh and final season, with two key former cast members -- and one surprise guest star -- set to reprise their roles.
First, Entertainment Weekly reports that Jon Hamm, who had a small, memorable cameo in last season's finale, will return as Ed. Leslie (Amy Poehler) fired Ed during the final moments of the sixth season, calling him the worst employee of the National Parks Association -- even worse than Jerry Larry Terry (Jim O'Heir).
"Parks and Rec" boss Mike Schur told EW earlier this year that he had wanted Hamm to reprise his role, though in a more covert way than expected. "If I have my way, every episode where you see events that take place before that moment will include a shot of him doing something insanely incompetent," Schur said. We'll see if that vision pans out. »
- Katie Roberts
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